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  • December 4, 2022

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 12/4/2022 9:00:00 AM

    Hello, Hillside Families!  


    The week of December 5 is Computer Science Education Week.  It has been a few years since Hillside has observed the week, but I am happy to announce that we will observe this year by participating in a variety of coding activities.  Buddy classes will partner up to select activities from a menu, courtesy of Mrs. Mercado, our school's technology coach.  Special thanks to Mrs. Mercado for her efforts in coordinating the week's activities.  Additional information can be found here.  Please note that there is a district family night of code scheduled for December 7 at Harrison School; I'm glad to hear that many Hillside families have signed up! 🙂


    The first marking period ends for grades 1-5 on Tuesday.  First marking period report cards will be available to families on Friday, December 16, sometime after 3:00 p.m. (you will receive notification from the district).  Kindergarten has only two marking periods, the first of which ends on January 26.


    We are excited to announce that our Fifth Grade Play this year is Seussical, Jr.!  We have auditions for interested fifth graders after school on Wednesday.  Special thanks to the Hillside PTA for its continued support of this special activity, and to the staff directors, Mrs. Williams (DePalo), Miss Trebbe and Miss Reid for spearheading the performance, which will take place May 31!  I can't wait!


    The next installment of the PTA's Hillside Dines Out Fundraiser is Wednesday.  If you're in the mood for takeout, please consider East Flour and help raise funds for the PTA!  Please see the calendar below for the flyer.  Thank you!


    The PTA's Coat Drive ends on Friday.  Thanks to those who have been able to donate.  The donation box will be at door 9 (pillar doors) until the end of school day on Friday.


    We have our next Student Council Assembly on Friday, and look forward to learning about our next pillar of character, and awarding Hank and Holly to their new homes.  At the assembly, we will also have a very special announcement–this year's Hillside Teacher of the Year! I will share that good news with families next weekend! 


    Also on Friday is the PTA's Staff Holiday Luncheon.  We are grateful to the PTA and the parent volunteers who are chairing and working on this committee, and can't wait for what we know will be a wonderful meal!


    You may have noticed a new Gaga Court on the high field adjacent to the school's parking lot.  This new court was donated by former Hillside student and LHS senior, Zachary Ford, as part of a service project that is required to earn the prestigious distinction of Eagle Scout.  Zachary met with me to discuss the importance of play and physical activity for students.  He then worked over the last month to acquire the materials needed to build the court, and then built the court with friends and family over Thanksgiving weekend.  This is the second time in as many years that a former student has given back to Hillside as part of an Eagle Scout Service Project, and  I am grateful to Zachary for selecting Hillside as the recipient of his service project.  Thank you, Zach!


    Please see Nurse Lisa's December newsletter here for important health information and winter season tips.  


    Thanks for reading and enjoy the week ahead!


    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata


    P.S. These weekly messages are also posted on the school's site for your convenience.  


    P.P.S. Follow Hillside School on Twitter at @Hillside_Elem!


    Upcoming Dates to Remember!


    Week of December 5, 2022–Computer Science Education Week


    Tuesday, 12-6: First Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


    Wednesday, 12-7: Second Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

    Third Grade CogAT Testing

    Hillside Dines Out PTA Fundraiser-East Flour

    Fifth Grade Play Auditions, 2:45 - 4:15 p.m.

    District Family Coding, 7:00 p.m., Harrison School


    Thursday, 12-8: Third Grade CogAT Testing


    Friday, 12-9: PTA Coat Drive Ends

    PTA Staff Holiday Luncheon

    Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m.


    Week of December 12, 2022


    Monday, 12-12: Winter After School Enrichment Information Sent to Families


    Wednesday, 12-14: Holiday Shoppe for Students


    Thursday, 12-15: Holiday Shoppe for Students


    Friday, 12-16: Holiday Shoppe for Students

    PTA's 50-50 Raffle Fundraiser Ends

    First Marking Period Report Cards Available to Parents (after 3:00 PM), 

    Grades 1-5


    Sunday, 12-18: Hanukkah Begins-Happy Hanukkah!


    Week of December 19, 2022


    Monday, 12-19: PTA's 50-50 Raffle Drawing (approximately 2:20 PM)


    Thursday, 12-22: Caring Communities Session 2, AM


    Friday, 12-23: Partial Day of School, 12:00 PM Dismissal

    Winter After School Enrichment Sign-ups Due

    Saturday, 12-24: Christmas Eve


    Sunday, 12-25: Christmas Day-Merry Christmas!


    Week of December 26, 2022–Schools Closed for Winter Break


    Monday, 12-26: Kwanzaa Begins–Happy Kwanzaa!


    Saturday, 12-31: New Year's Eve


    Sunday, 1-1-23: New Year's Day-Happy New Year!


    Week of January 2, 2023


    Monday, 1-2: Schools Closed


    Tuesday, 1-3: Schools Reopen

    Mrs. Nicole Hanna Returns from Maternity Leave

    BOE Re-Organization Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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